Henry Banks Hitt

7 April 1803–1872 (Age 68)
Washington, Georgia, United States

The Life of Henry Banks

When Henry Banks Hitt was born on 7 April 1803, in Washington, Georgia, United States, his father, John Hitt, was 44 and his mother, Frances Banks, was 39. He married Hannah Matthews in 1826, in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Cape Girardeau Township, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States in 1840 and Buck Prairie Township, Lawrence, Missouri, United States in 1870. He died in 1872, in Mount Vernon Township, Lawrence, Missouri, United States, at the age of 69.

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Henry Banks Hitt
Hannah Matthews
Marriage: 1826
William J. Hitt
Levi Ashley Hitt
Henry Sylvester Hitt
Presley Newton Hitt
John Banks Hitt
Thomas Jefferson Hitt
Frances Jane Hitt
Elizabeth Ann Hitt
Presley Newton Hitt
Eli Marion Hitt

Spouse and Children


    Hannah Matthews


Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States


    William J. Hitt


    John Banks Hitt


    Thomas Jefferson Hitt


    Levi Ashley Hitt


    Frances Jane Hitt


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 1

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 8

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 22

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized form of German Hütt ( see Huett ).2 German: occupational name in Westphalia for a goat dealer, from dialect hitte ‘goat’.3 English (Devon): unexplained.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Henry Hitt in household of Elisha Richardson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Henry B Hitt, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Henry Hitt, "United States Census, 1830"

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